The devil made me do it?

Hello World!

Quite a few of you have asked me where I’ve been on the blogging front lately. In case you’ve wondered the same, I’ll share my response: I don’t write on here in a pursuit of followers, likes, reposts, affirming comments, angry comments, etc… The former are nice and the latter is exhausting, but still, I only type up and post that which has been burning a hole into my heart and clearly needs to be released for someone other than myself to ponder over. I write in hopes that it will get you thinking outside the box of what you’ve always been told. For, as children and friends of the Most High, our box of beliefs and mindsets should be ever changing, ever increasing, never stalling.

I’ll never tell you that you should think and believe exactly what I believe about x, y and z – that would be boring. I’m on this crazy fun journey; always learning, always growing, but most importantly, always being stretched by Holy Spirit to think more like He thinks than I think or my friends think.  I suppose this is a disclaimer that should have been given at the start of deciding to share bits and pieces of this journey with the world, but better late than never, right?

So where have I been?

I’ve been hurting and I’ve been confused. Something happened 8,265 miles away from where I am and it shook me hard, to my very core. And from that shaking, lots of really beautiful truths have manifested themselves in my heart.

One of those truths has been a discovery of the power of choice. I’ve known this in relation to love- Love isn’t a whim of emotion, it’s a choice we are privileged to make and one that requires intentionality in order for it to grow and last forever. But something magnificent takes place when we start paying attention to just how many choices we make and just how much they affect ourselves and those around us.

However, at some point we began playing the blame game when our choices led to results that were too messy or too overwhelming that we didn’t know what to do, so we placed blame as far away from ourselves as we could.

We’ve placed the blame on everyone from God, to the devil, the government, our parents, our pastors, our friends…

This amazes me! For one, anything that’s not good, is not of God. And just because it’s bad, doesn’t mean it’s because of the devil. We act as though he’s the opposite of God, as though he’s omnipresent like God. I hope this isn’t new news to you, but he’s not. Sure he has an army of fallen angels – but come on, the devil can’t make you do anything, and God doesn’t make you do anything either. You choose. And from those choices, things happen, good and/or bad.

I could continue, and I will at a later date. But first, I want to hear what your thoughts are on this grand topic of choice – How does this change the way you think, act, feel, respond… towards God, the devil, yourself, and others? How would taking more responsibility of your choices change your life? Or do you see God as a puppet master, controlling every part of your life?

freedom of choice

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2 thoughts on “The devil made me do it?

  1. Hey Laurel! This is great. I love it. I hope you’re getting some good consolation in your soul! 🙂

    Here’s what is logical to me.

    A couple of years ago I did a bunch of research for a paper concerning sin, and not one scholarly source I researched pinpointed the devil as the cause of sin. And by sin, I mean the unholy things we do, not the inherent, incurable-by-anything-but-Jesus Sin. Which the devil isn’t fully responsible for either. I digress.

    The point is that we can choose. God gave us free will and the existence of the devil does not undermine that. The devil has no such power in us.

    I guess the best we can do is try to be aware of the possible consequences of our choices, but not live in fear. And when we fail, to fall broken and repentant into the grace of God. And to pray that others will grant us the same grace, as God has also granted them.

    1. You’re preaching, Lauren! 🙂 Thank you for pointing out something that should be cemented in every believer, but surprisingly is not: The devil has no such power in us! Xx

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